Stop me if you’ve heard this one, and if you watched last night’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on the Fox News Channel, you probably did.
The following tweets were posted on Tuesday by Twitter’s Global Public Policy team. Both concern an upcoming election in Uganda, information on which online is evidently being blocked.
As you read the tweets, pay particular attention to the social media company’s position on free speech, especially as it pertains to elections: “The public conversation on Twitter … is never more important than during democratic processes, particularly elections.”
Ahead of the Ugandan election, we're hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps.
We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet.
— Twitter Public Policy (@Policy) January 12, 2021
If you’re seeing this for the first time and your jaw is not hanging open, you’re not paying attention.
In early October, a month before the 2020 U.S. election, the New York Post published a bombshell report on then-candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter. The headline read “Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad.”
The Post posted a link to the story on Twitter — which the platform promptly blocked. When asked about the Post story by a reporter from CBS, Biden snapped at him and refused to answer.
The Left naturally flocked to Twitter’s defense with Politico somehow coming to the remarkable conclusion that the Post, not Twitter, was the “villain.”
A survey conducted after the election found that 36% of Biden voters were not aware of the scandal, 13% of whom said they would not have voted for Biden had they known.
And now Twitter has the gall to publish a statement like the one above.